Lachine in Montréal (region), Quebec — French Canadian Region
Frances Anne Hopkins
Do you know this woman? She once walked the ground under you feet. In fact, she lived in Lachine from 1858 to 1860 and spent the next eight years in Montreal. Frances Anne was born in England under the name of Beechey. At age 20, she married Edward Marin Hopkins, who held an important position in the Montreal Department of the Hudson’s Bay Company.
In 1870, the Art Association, ancestor of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, presented sixteen watercolours by Mrs. Hopkins. She also exhibited several times in England.
Connaissez-vous cette femme? Elle a déjà foulé le sol sous vos pieds. En effet, elle a vécu à Lachine de 1858 à 1860 et a passé les huit années suivantes à Montreal. Frances Anne est née en Angleterre sous le nom de Beechey. À vingt ans, elle épouse Edward Martin Hopkins, qui occupe un poste important au Département de Montréal de la Compagnie de la Baie d’Hudson.
En 1870, l’Art Association, ancêtre du Musée des beaux-arts de Montreal, présente seize aquarelles de madame Hopkins. Celle-ci expose également à plusieurs reprises en Angleterre.
Frances Anne Hopkins lived at cross-currents with her era. Not only was she a woman artist, but she travelled the fur trade route from Lachine to Lake Superior. Instead of illustrating conquest and colonization, she chose to paint the events of everyday lives. In two of the opposite paintings, she depicts herself sketching on the canoe trip.
Cette dame vit à contre-courant de son époque. Non seulement elle est une femme artiste, mais elle parcourt la route des fourrures de Lachine au lac Supérieur. Plutôt que d’illustre la conquête et la colonisation, elle choisit de peindre de événements du quotidien. Dans deux des tableaux ci-contre, elle se représente elle-même en train de dessiner un croquis au cours d’un voyage en canot.
Erected by Parks Canada & Société de promotion du canal de Lachine.
Location. 45° 25.9′ N, 73° 40.512′ W. Marker is in Lachine, Quebec, in Montréal (region). Marker is on Boulevard Saint-Joseph just from 12 Avenue, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1255 Boulevard Saint-Joseph, Lachine, Quebec H8S 2M2, Canada.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lachine: Gateway to the Northwest (a few steps from this marker); The Hudson’s Bay Company in Lachine (a few steps from this marker); Lachine Massacre (a few steps from this marker); The Lachine Canal (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Robert Cavelier de la Salle (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); A Wonderful New Addition (approx. half a kilometer away); An Upstream Battle (approx. half a kilometer away); Full Steam Ahead (approx. half a kilometer away). Click for a list of all markers in Lachine.
More about this marker. These markers are beside the Lachine Canal near the footbridge, Prom Pète Marquette.
Also see . . . Frances Anne Beechey (Hopkins) - Dictionary of Canadian Biography. During the decade which Mrs Hopkins spent in Canada, the HBC was replacing the freight canoe wherever possible by less costly means of transport–steamboat, railway, even horse teams and sleighs. She witnessed trade canoe travel on the Great Lakes in its closing period and made this subject her own. More than any other artist, she recognized and interpreted accurately (Submitted on April 2, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
Categories. • Arts, Letters, Music •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 221 times since then and 94 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.